The Rock Never Stops
Posted by JT
I don’t care if the year is 2008 instead of 1988. Good music never goes out of style. Last night in Louisville, I feasted on an audible smörgåsbord of “hair metal” from three of the most underrated bands of the era.
We arrived in Louisville about 7:30, with the show scheduled to start at 8:00. The venue was easy enough to find (just look at the photo below…how could you miss it?). Not sure if this was an old airplane hangar or what, but acoustically it was great for a concert and the temparature was actually fairly cool inside despite the humidity outdoors.
Bang Tango started off the evening about twenty minutes past eight, with no explanation as to why High4 was not at the show. Not like anyone actually came to see High4–it was all about the big bands last night.
Joe Lesté is a great frontman and got the crowd going. I was very impressed by the band’s performance, and intend to revisit some of their older albums again. It’s been a while since I have listened to their funk-infused hair metal. In addition to several classic cuts from their own catalog–”Dressed Up Vamp,” “Attack of Life,” and more–they also covered “20th Century Boy” and “Highway to Hell.” Honestly, the audience was more revved up for the Bang Tango cuts than the covers, which is kind of surprising to me considering the lack of respect the band generally gets. There were several people in attendance who could sing along with the songs. The band ended on a high note with their most popular song, “Someone Like You.”
Due to operator error, I lost three videos that I shot of the band. Yes, I’m stupid and didn’t realize I was deleting videos instead of blurry photos. Oh well, the show must go on…
I was a bit apprehensive about the L.A. Guns performance. I had previously seen Phil Lewis’ version of the band in Cincinnati, and while they were good they didn’t wow me. Now it was Tracii Guns’ turn, with new member Marty Casey (former Rockstar:INXS contestant) on vocals.
One word: wow. Marty Casey isn’t the greatest vocalist, and he struggles with some of L.A. Guns’ hits (most noticeably on “Never Enough”), but Tracii Guns is amazing on the guitar. I never appreciated his ability until last night. If it were up to me, I would give the L.A. Guns moniker to Tracii and tell Phil to take his tribute band and shove it up his…sorry. Got a little sidetracked there.
The band played most of the expected hits, from “Over the Edge” to “Ballad of Jayne” to “No Mercy” to “Sex Action.” They also threw in a couple of covers, “Wish You Were Here” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” I’m about the furthest thing from a Rolling Stones fan as you can get, but the band’s version of this song was astounding. I would not be upset if it made an appearance on the forthcoming CD, as long as it rocks as hard as it did live.
The final band of the night was Faster Pussycat. I was concerned about seeing them live. I’m a huge fan of old-school FP, but I’m not crazy about the new industrial slant they have in their music. I can tolerate it and occasionally enjoy it, but really the classic FP is what I like the most.
Fortunately, the performance did not disappoint. They did play a few songs from the latest CD, The Power and the Glory Hole: the title track, “Porn Star,” and “Number One with a Bullet.” Even these did not seem over-industrialized. The classic cuts included “Cathouse,” “Slip of the Tongue,” “Where There’s a Whip There’s a Way,” “Bathroom Wall,” “House of Pain,” and “Babylon,” and despite the frequent F-bombs Taime Downe was dropping, the performance was top-notch.
I was able to catch a couple of songs on video, and should have them uploaded later this week. Rob from Hard Rock Hideout was there too, and is a much better videographer than I am, so be sure to check his site this week for videos and a review of the show also.
All in all, it was a great concert at a great price, and I recommend it to all true fans of good music. Click here to see the tourdates via Pollstar.